Runaways is (eventually) coming to Hulu, bringing to live a rag-tag group of kids with special skills and abilities who find out that their parents are evil. While this concept sounds simple, anybody that has seen the first series of Runaways comics, by Brian K. Vaughn (where these characters were introduced), knows that there is a rich, complex, interesting story to be told in a television adaptation.
Still, there’s a long journey from a 2002 comic series run and a 2017 television series, and (despite Marvel’s great track record) fans have a right to be concerned about the adaptation of any property. However, Vaughn has recently revealed that he’s seen enough of the series to ease any fears that fans may have. In a recent interview, he shared some very positive feedback about the series.
I just did a little consulting early in the process, but I think the Runaways found the ideal ‘foster parents’ in Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage. They took a weird comic set in the Marvel Universe of 2002, and lovingly adapted it into a stylish drama that feels like contemporary Los Angeles. Love the cast, crew and especially the writers they assembled. And the pilot looks like an Adrian Alphona comic! I can’t wait to watch this first season unfold.
In case some of you didn’t know, Adrian Alphona was the co-creator of Runaways, and the artist for the series early runs. The MCU hasn’t traveled to California much in recent years, so this will be a refreshingly new location. I would have never associated the word “Stylish” with Runaways, but that could be that I read it for the first time in 2016, and the styles of 2002 might not have felt so fresh. But with the Los Angeles setting and the wealth of some of the characters, it makes sense.
It is exciting to hear that the adaptation is feeling like the comics. Hopefully, the final product will make fans just as excited as Vaughn. Meanwhile, what do you think this series will look like, with a modern adaptation? Let us know, in the comments!